What to Listen to:
Learn about the man behind A Touch of the Poet in the literature podcast, Get Lit’s Eugene O’Neill episode, recorded on location, in Massachusetts.
What to Watch:
This trailer for PBS’s American Experience: Eugene O’Neill features quotes, footage, testimonials, and more from and about the playwright’s fascinating life.
A Touch of the Poet cast member Ciaran Byrne and his daughter Mabel Byrne perform a song featured in A Touch of the Poet in our online series, The Show Must Go Online.
In this clip from the Eugene O’Neill Society Gala Dinner in 2017, Sabina Higgins (who visited Irish Rep last year with her husband, President of Ireland, Michael D. Higgins) reads from A Touch of the Poet.
What to Read:
“A History of Boston” by Caleb H. Snow, written in 1828, the year in which A Touch of the Poet is set!
What to Eat and Drink:
Hot Mulled Cider (whiskey optional!)
- 1 gallon apple cider
- 1/2 cup fresh or frozen cranberries
- 1 orange (rind only)
- 6 cinnamon sticks
- 3 star anise
- 2 Tablespoons maple syrup
- 1 Tablespoon all-spice berries
- 1 Tablespoon pure vanilla extract
- Add all ingredients to a large saucepan and bring to a simmer over medium-high heat. Reduce heat to low and continue to simmer for 45 minutes to an hour.
A Touch of the Poet includes more than a couple of references to whiskey. For an extra authentic experience, you might want to have some Jameson on hand.
What sets the scene for a tavern in Boston better than Boston’s own Samuel Adams Lager? Hint: Nothing.
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